About the DEI Task Force
Creating a welcoming and inclusive community takes effort and purpose. In May 2019, the Lake Oswego City Council passed Resolution 19-31, establishing a DEI Task Force. Council charged the Task Force with, “identifying barriers to participation on the City's boards and commissions, making suggestions to reduce those barriers, identifying methods to increase the applicant pool for City job openings, and making suggestions on how the City can increase the diversity of its applicant pool.”
Subsequently, Resolution 19-49 appointed members to the Task Force in September 2019. Task Force bi-monthly meetings began on February 5, 2020. One meeting took place in March 2020 before COVID-19 pandemic led to the temporary postponement of all boards, commissions and task force meetings. Meetings resumed in June (virtually). Check the city meeting calendar for upcoming meeting times and agendas.
In June 2020, City Council asked the DEI Task Force to take on a broader set of questions focusing on:
- Changes in community engagement practices.
- Ways to make City facilities and services more welcoming to diverse people.
- How can we hire, train, retain, and support a diverse workforce?
- Ways to build relationships with people and groups who haven’t been traditionally involved with City services.
In addition, in 2020, the City Council adopted goals around DEI. Goals include:
- Formal DEI training for Council, staff and Board and Commission members.
- To support and collaborate with the DEI Task Force, and to receive and deliberate on their recommendations.
For more information about the City's DEI commitments, visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/community/diversity-equity-and-inclusion